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Over 5,000 worshippers participate in joint Friday prayer
09 : 18 PM - 10/07/2015
Manama, July 10 (BNA): More than 5,000 worshippers from both sects, including parliamentarians, senior state officials and ministers, participated in the second Joint Friday Prayer, performed today at Al-Fateh Grand Mosque.

Al-Fateh Grand Mosque Imam Shaikh Adnan Al-Qattan called on the citizens of Bahrain, Sunnis, Shiites and others, to stand united against the "strong waves of dangers, challenges and conspiracies" targeting Bahrain.

What unites Bahrainis is much more significant than what divides them, he said, noting that history bears witness to their fraternity which has been strengthened. "For ages, they have lived together as one family within an atmosphere of love, solidarity and cooperation," he said.

"No to sectarianism and Yes to brotherhood, unity, love, serenity and co-existence," he stressed, warning of sedition.

He called on all Bahrainis to adhere to the precepts of Islam, deepen the values of fraternity and co-existence, be united and join ranks in order to safeguard the homeland amid the current circumstances and the sedition plaguing the region and the Islamic World.

The imam warned of attempts to sow division and fuel sectarianism among the members of the one-family Bahraini society, stressing the importance of tolerance and exchange of advice, being the best means to maintain the security and stability of the nation.

Al-Qattan called on scholars, imams, preachers and intellectuals to avoid inciting violence inciting violence, sabotage and destruction of the national economy through calls to take to the streets, cause chaos and undermine people’s interests, stressing that their main role is to guide people and advise them so as to enhance rapprochement and co-existence among the citizens of the same nation, and preserve national fundamentals.

He prayed to Allah Almighty to bless Bahrain and the Islamic world with lasting security and prosperity, and guide His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister, on the right path.

In a statement to Bahrain News Agency (BNA) at the mosque, Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ali Al Khalifa praised the joint prayer proving the unity among Bahrainis.

"In Islam, mosques are meant to bring people together and provide a platform for them to unify their stances, and whoever targets worshippers cannot be a real Muslim and cannot be a follower of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)," he said.

He stressed the need to distance places of worship and religious events from politics to preserve their sanctity and spiritual aspect.

Foreign Affairs Minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa expressed delight at the massive participation in the joint prayer, paying tribute to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Bahrain Foundation for Reconciliation & Civil Discourse (BFRCD) Suhail Ghazi Al-Gosaibi for calling for the event.

He added that the joint prayer will be repeated, stressing that Bahrainis are strong and united, and therefore Bahrain is immune against division.

BFRCD Board of Trustees Chairman Suhail Al-Gosaibi expressed delight at the positive response to the joint prayer initiative and massive participation in it from the official and popular levels, noting that it is the best means to cement national unity and cohesion.

Abdullah Al-Magabi said that the performance of the joint prayer under one roof with the participation of worshippers from the two sects proves anew that tolerance and love prevail in the Bahraini society, whose members, he said, are keen to rally together, alongside the leadership, against extremist and terrorism.


BNA 1725 GMT 2015/07/10

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